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Once people habitually engaged in conversation, now the television competes for
their attention. When the television is on, communication between family members
stops. Where there is no communication, family ties become frayed and eventually
snap. Therefore, the only solution is to get rid of the television.

Which one of the following is most closely parallel in its reasoning to the flawed
reasoning in the argument above?

(A) Once friendships thrived on shared leisure time. But contemporary economic
pressures minimize the amount of free time people have and thus jeopardize
many friendships.
(B) Once people listened to the radio while pursuing other activities. Now they
passively watch television. Therefore, radio was less distracting for most people
than television is.
(C) Once sports enthusiasts regularly engaged in sports, but now they watch
spectator sports when they could be getting physical exercise. Without physical
exercise, health deteriorates. Therefore, the only remedy is to eliminate
spectator sports.
(D) Once people were willing to tailor their day to the constraints of a bus or train
schedule: now they are spoiled by the private car. The only solution is for
government to offer financial incentives to encourage the use of public
transportation.
(E) Once people did their shopping in urban retail districts, where they combined
their shopping with other errands. Now many people shop in suburban malls,
where they concentrate on shopping exclusively. Therefore, shopping has
become a leisure time activity
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Great question. Parallel reasoning questions, while relatively rare, tend to trip test takers up.

When asked a parallel reasoning question, I like to translate the stimulus into variables. Because the subject matter will be different for the answer choices, translating everything to variables helps me not get lost in the unrelated subject matter.

Question stimulus:
Conversation - X
Television - Y
Frayed family ties - Z
Y eliminates X, which causes Z. Z is undesirable; the only solution is to eliminate Y.

Answer choice C:
Engaging in sports - X
Watching Sports - Y
Health deteriorates - Z
Y eliminates X, which causes Z. Z is undesirable; the only solution is to eliminate Y.

No other answer choices matches. This kind of logic takes a while to get used to, but is very helpful once you develop the habit.

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Once people habitually engaged in conversation, now the television competes for their attention. When the television is on, communication between family members stops. Where there is no communication, family ties become frayed and eventually snap. Therefore, the only solution is to get rid of the television.

Which one of the following is most closely parallel in its reasoning to the flawed reasoning in the argument above?

(A) Once friendships thrived on shared leisure time. But contemporary economic pressures minimize the amount of free time people have and thus jeopardize many friendships.

(B) Once people listened to the radio while pursuing other activities. Now they passively watch television. Therefore, radio was less distracting for most people than television is.

(C) Once sports enthusiasts regularly engaged in sports, but now they watch spectator sports when they could be getting physical exercise. Without physical exercise, health deteriorates. Therefore, the only remedy is to eliminate spectator sports.

(D) Once people were willing to tailor their day to the constraints of a bus or train schedule: now they are spoiled by the private car. The only solution is for government to offer financial incentives to encourage the use of public transportation.

(E) Once people did their shopping in urban retail districts, where they combined their shopping with other errands. Now many people shop in suburban malls, where they concentrate on shopping exclusively. Therefore, shopping has become a leisure time activity.
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Once people habitually engaged in conversation, now the television competes for their attention. When the television is on, communication between family members stops. Where there is no communication, family ties become frayed and eventually snap. Therefore, the only solution is to get rid of the television.

Which one of the following is most closely parallel in its reasoning to the flawed reasoning in the argument above?

(A) Once friendships thrived on shared leisure time. But contemporary economic pressures minimize the amount of free time people have and thus jeopardize many friendships.

(B) Once people listened to the radio while pursuing other activities. Now they passively watch television. Therefore, radio was less distracting for most people than television is.

(C) Once sports enthusiasts regularly engaged in sports, but now they watch spectator sports when they could be getting physical exercise. Without physical exercise, health deteriorates. Therefore, the only remedy is to eliminate spectator sports.

(D) Once people were willing to tailor their day to the constraints of a bus or train schedule: now they are spoiled by the private car. The only solution is for government to offer financial incentives to encourage the use of public transportation.

(E) Once people did their shopping in urban retail districts, where they combined their shopping with other errands. Now many people shop in suburban malls, where they concentrate on shopping exclusively. Therefore, shopping has become a leisure time activity.


Answer is C ..
Logic is as below -
Once A happned , now B happening. Due to B , D is affecting . and due to D, E happens ..
So remove B.
Only answer C shows this pattern
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